I Am Happy, I Am Loved…

Comic strip by Jenny Jinya.

This is the sad reality for many pet birds. If you want to add a budgie to your family,  do your research.
First, consider adopting. If your budgie will be spending most of its day alone, bring home two. Budgies are flock animals and need a friend. Budgies are noisy. Budgies are messy. Despite being inexpensive to buy, a budgie’s vet bills can be very expensive. Budgies require fresh food, which can be costly and take time to prepare. Some budgies require a lot of time and patience to tame. Budgies need stimulation – this means new toys (ours go through them quickly). Budgies need large, spacious cages. Budgies are a commitment, not a passing fancy. Please keep your budgie happy and loved.


From the artist:


Five African Parrots had to be removed from public view and split up after they started swearing just after being donated to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in eastern England.

Billy, Elsie, Eric, Jade and Tyson were given to the park by five different owners in the same week. Before being put on display they were quarantined together.

“They literally, within a very short period of time, starting swearing at each other,” chief executive Steve Nichols said. “‘F**k off’ is the most common one. I get called a fat t**t every time I walk past,” Nichols complained.

Because the swearing caused laughter from the staff, the parrots started laughing after swearing. The obscenities amused the park’s visitors, but due to concern for the younger patrons, it was decided to take the parrots off exhibit.

“We put them in an off-shore enclosure with the intention that hopefully they will start learning the other parrot’s noise that are around,” said Nichols.

You can read more here.

Rescued Budgies

A flock of 50 (or more) budgies were let go in a Texas park this week. They were found on Wednesday, and many were rescued by rescue group Bears, etc

The budgies were suspected of being released as part of a religious ceremony. This is not the first time a flock of budgies has been found at the park. The Houston police are investigating.

The birds were easy to capture as they were tired from being exposed to the cold. Unfortunately, a falcon was witnessed picking off some of the birds.

Bears etc. was able to rescue approximately 41 of the birds. 10 are with another rescue. They will be in quarantine and up for adoption at a later date.
Bears etc. is accepting donations to help with the care of the rescued flock (food, toys, vet bills).
If you are in Texas and would like to adopt a budgie, updates on these little ones will be posted on the Bears, etc. facebook page.

Story here.

Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Cooper is donating all her profits from her Redbubble sales thus far, to the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary (our local bird rescue). The money will go to their Avian Veterinary Care Fund for their birds with special needs. She is also going to purchase toys from their Amazon wishlist for her feathered Freeflight friends.
Cooper sends gratitude and love to everyone who has taken part in #GivingTuesday.